Sunday, February 27, 2011

Restrepo

via Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Rahm Emanuel transition team member resigns after questions on state ethics violations - chicagotribune.com

Didn't take long for the first goof up.

Rahm Emanuel transition team member resigns after questions on state ethics violations - chicagotribune.com

A top member of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition team abruptly resigned after the Tribune inquired about recent findings that she violated state ethics rules by using taxpayer resources for political purposes while serving as executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Pro-Union Protester LITERALLY Foams at the Mouth: "I'll Make You Suffer"

A loose bolt at Chicago's Solidarity Ralley. H/T Steve Stevlic

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hideaway in Rockford!

Who would have thought Rockford.

Absence of Earmarks Helps Budget Process | The Weekly Standard

Progress....

Absence of Earmarks Helps Budget Process | The Weekly Standard

Why The Libyan Uprising Might Mean More Than The Protests In Egypt And Tunisia | The New Republic

I'm curious how UUs who supported the GA's Creating Peace SOC (and I consider myself as one) view what's happening in Libya today through the filter of our SOC. Below is from Michael Totten in TNR,

Why The Libyan Uprising Might Mean More Than The Protests In Egypt And Tunisia | The New Republic
....his instruments of internal repression are proving as ruthless as promised in the face of strong civilian protests. (Libya’s second largest city of Benghazi and third largest city of Bayda are now reported to be in the hands of the opposition and under the guardianship of citizen militias and officers who have switched sides.) They’re busy assaulting demonstrators not with rubber bullets and tear gas but with artillery fire, attack helicopters, and war planes. Qaddafi has even imported mercenaries from Sub-Saharan Africa in case his own military officers flinch at orders to murder their neighbors (which some of them have, joining the demonstrators in the streets).

Ben Ali and Mubarak were low-hanging fruit, but, if a tyrant as vicious and murderous as Qaddafi can be taken out, it would seem just about anyone can be. If the people of Libya manage to overthrow him, it might even inspire Iran’s Green Movement to finish what it started in 2009 and push all the way to the end. But if Qaddafi survives by mass murder, which he just might, and if the world lets him get away with it, the Iranian regime and other despotic governments will take comfort in the knowledge that they, too, might do the same without consequence.

Gonnella bread traditions

From the Gonnella site via The Chicago History Journal,

To celebrate Gonnella’s 125th Anniversary in 2011, the company’s founding families are asking loyal customers, current and former employees, and friends to share their favorite Gonnella memories from over the years.

“We constantly hear from families who have grown up with Gonnella bread at their dinner table,” said Gonnella President Nick Marcucci. “As our family reflects on the past 125 years, we would like to hear from others who have their own Gonnella bread traditions.

Memories can come from anywhere. Maybe it’s biking to the bakery to get a loaf of fresh Gonnella bread for dinner because your mother said dinner wouldn’t be complete without it, or listening to legendary Chicago sports announcer Wesley “Red” Rush deliver his signature line, “Try Gonnella – it’s swella, fella!”

Anyone with a Gonnella-inspired memory can submit their story online at www.gonnella.com and clicking on the 125th anniversary link. Staff members will select the top stories and post them to the Gonnella website. The company also plans to select a grand prize winner for a very special surprise. Gonnella will also thank the best contributors with fresh baked bread and other surprises. Memories can be submitted throughout 2011.

Asma Al-Assad: “A Rose in the Desert”

The Arabist on Vogue's write-up on Syrian First Lady Asma Al-Assad. A looker but the caption says it all: My husband's family tortures people for fun, but I'm hot so who cares. Not Vogue apparently.

CDO: Rich Miller Shills for More Debt, While Illinois Bonds Approach Junk Status

Illinois's issuing junk bonds plus Roeser farewell to the West Side's Ricky Hendon. Good riddance...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Libya's Gaddafi and Rev Wright's snowball in hell

Gaddafi's always been generous with some Americans. Remember the loan to Bill Carter? NYT June 27, 1981,
The Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, defended his nation's relationship with Billy Carter today and said the $220,000 given to the President's brother was a loan related to business transactions carried out during two visits, in 1978 and 1979. In a two-hour interview here, Colonel Qaddafi said that the White House had shown ''great concern'' in mending relations over the last six months through the Libyan Embassy in Washington but that Billy Carter had played no role in the dialogue.
RBO takes a look at the cozyness with some Chicagoans,
Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Obama’s longtime Chicago church, went with Farrakhan to visit Gaddafi in 1984.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Wright himself noted the trip could cause problems for Obama.

“When [Obama’s] enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli to visit [Gaddafi] with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell,” Wright said.

Farrakhan, a close friend and associate of Wright, has been financed by Gaddafi, including with a $5 million interest-free loan in 1985.

Later that year, Gaddafi spoke by satellite to Farrakhan’s Saviour’s Day Convention in Chicago, and reportedly told Farrakhan supporters he was prepared to provide weapons to a black army in the U.S. to destroy “white America.”

In October 1995, Gaddafi reportedly called Farrakhan with congratulations on the success of the Million Man March. Qaddafi was said to have assured Farrakhan that together “we will unite our capabilities and efforts to achieve this.”

According to reports in 1996 from Libya’s news agency, JANA, Farrakhan and Gaddafi agreed to work together to mobilize “oppressed blacks, Arabs, Muslims and Red Indians” to help reshaping U.S. foreign policy.
Farfetched, I don't know. Gaddafi threw a lot of cash around.

Sit back with a Billy Beer and imagine how real-life can be plenty far-fetched, and ya gotta wonder what Gaddafi knows about Chicago.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Remembering 35 of Qaddafi's Victims - The Atlantic

Remembering 35 of Qaddafi's Victims - The Atlantic

In case some have forgotten.

Michael Totten: Remind me why Libya is on the UN's Human Rights Council.

A question off Totten's Facebook page.

Also an old article by Totten In the Land of the Brother Leader on life in the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Rahm Emanuel

I'm with Roeper that he gets it today with over 50% and no need for run off. Chicago's buying the Vladimir Putin line: only a strong arm can run Chicago. Wonder how strong Rahm's arm will be?

View more videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wisconsin Union Protest: Myth vs. Fact



Eric Kohn comments: A note on the final comment from last protestor shown: The graduation rate in Milwaukee is sub-50%. The average ACT score is 15.8. Truancy and drop-out levels are sky-high. Could Wa...l-Mart or Disney really do any worse?

WSJ: UW Health investigates doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters

Via Wis State Journal,
UW Health is investigating doctors who wrote medical notes last weekend excusing protesters at the Capitol from work, and the Wisconsin Medical Society has criticized their actions.

“These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health,” UW Health said in a statement. “These charges are very serious.”
Wonder if these fools canceled clinics for real patients to make this statement?

JS Online: In Illinois, Wisconsin Senate Democrats vow unity

I wonder if filing vouchers and claiming this as Official Travel?


via JS Online,
Life on the lam isn't easy for the "Democratic 14."

They shuttle from place to place in Illinois, contact constituents, read e-mails and try to keep up to date on the political chaos that has engulfed Madison since they fled the state Thursday.

And the 14 Democratic state senators say they stand united in trying to block passage of Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.

They claim they're not coming home anytime soon.

کتک خوردن بسیجی Basij beating

Sunday, February 20, 2011

TRAHM: LEGACY --------- RAHM + TRON = TROM

Madison Tea Party rally 2/19/11 Breitbart gets a doctor's note.

Maryam Namazie: Fury as firm of solicitors offers sharia advice

Maryam Namazie: Fury as firm of solicitors offers sharia advice: "From National Secular Society's Newsline A Lancashire firm of solicitors, which has launched a new Family Law service offering clients UK c..."

A little perspective on what's got folks in Europe upset.

Faster, Please! » The Global Insurrection

Faster, Please! » The Global Insurrection

Except that crowd of "Teachers" in Madison are counter revolutionaries intent on keeping the old-order until its financial sustainability crushes us.

A view from Wisconsin of what an anti-democracy mob does

Via 620 WTMJ

The tea party plans to rally in support of Governor Walker. I don't know what kind of numbers they can amass, but frankly, I doubt they can come close to busloads of union thugs being shipped in from all over the country. Last night one Senator told me they had been told to clear the Capitol because the new groups coming in overnight are filled with with people "who aren't afraid to be arrested" and the Administration could not guarantee the safety of the legislators and their staffs. In our Capitol.

On Thursday, legislators were advised to return to their offices and lock their doors. Mobs roamed the halls, banging on the glass of the doors, pounding on the walls. No one could move in the halls or enter or leave the building. The glass of the Supreme Court's entrance was broken. Legislators were genuinely afraid. Our elected representatives were afraid. In our Capitol.

A young female reporter trying to get into the Senate chamber struggled to get through the crowd. She arrived disheveled and upset because she had been roughed up as she tried to get through "Bitch-slapped" the mob told her. A senior senator was spat on. A senator and his female staffer struggled to get into the capitol. He was worried about his staffer because the crowd was grabbing at her and pushing her. University Police were two arms lengths away and did nothing. They, of course, are union.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Video of Doc's handing on sick notes to striking Wisconsin Teachers



Wonder what the Wisconsin Medical Society has to say about this?

Doctor Notes for strking Wisconsin Teachers

It's illegal for Teachers to strike in Wisconsin so this person's handing out fake sick notes. Via I stand with Scott Walker

Madness in Madison

Madness in Madison
The teachers' union is going on strike in Milwaukee and elsewhere. They ought to be fired.


No kidding...

Senator why aren't you in Wisconsin doing your job?

Caption Contest: Obama and the internet entrepreneurs


That's some social network! Obama toasts the future with America's titans of technology - including stricken Apple boss Steve Jobs

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358363/Steve-Jobs-Mark-Zuckerberg-meet-President-Obama-technology-summit.html#ixzz1EPzxQx5n
Feel free to speculate what this crowd's sayin.

FDR and Comrade Mayor Zeidler on Government Unions


Frank and I and the rest of us in the party really did address each other as Comrade. He was no fool of a Comrade though. Below clipped from Patrick McIlheran's, FDR's Ghost Is Smiling on Wisconsin's Governor
But only for the private sector. Roosevelt openly opposed bargaining rights for government unions.

"The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service," Roosevelt wrote in 1937 to the National Federation of Federal Employees. Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, wrote Roosevelt. But, he wrote, "I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place" in the public sector. "A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government."

And if you're the kind of guy who capitalizes "government," woe betide such obstructionists.

Roosevelt wasn't alone. It was orthodoxy among Democrats through the '50s that unions didn't belong in government work. Things began changing when, in 1959, Wisconsin's then-Gov. Gaylord Nelson signed collective bargaining into law for state workers. Other states followed, and gradually, municipal workers and teachers were unionized, too.

Even as that happened, the future was visible. Frank Zeidler, Milwaukee's mayor in the 1950s and the last card-carrying Socialist to head a major U.S. city, supported labor. But in 1969, the progressive icon wrote that rise of unions in government work put a competing power in charge of public business next to elected officials. Government unions "can mean considerable loss of control over the budget, and hence over tax rates," he warned.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The PJ Tatler » Joe Klein gets a common sense transplant

The PJ Tatler » Joe Klein gets a common sense transplant

From Joe Klein's piece via PJ Tatle. What the Public Sector Unions are doing to Wisconsin isn't Social Justice. It's bribery and extortion.
And it seems to me that Governor Scott Walker’s basic requests are modest ones–asking public employees to contribute more to their pension and health care plans, though still far less than most private sector employees do. He is also trying to limit the unions’ abilities to negotiate work rules–and this is crucial when it comes to the more efficient operation of government in a difficult time. When I covered local government in New York 30 years ago, the school janitors (then paid a robust $60,000 plus per year) had negotiated the “right” to mop the cafeteria floors only once a week. And we all know about the near-impossibility of getting criminal and morally questionable–to say nothing of less than competent–teachers fired. The negotiation of such contracts were acts of collusion rather than of mediation. Government officials were, in effect, bribing their most activist constituents.

The PJ Tatler » Luntz: WI union action is backfiring

The PJ Tatler » Luntz: WI union action is backfiring
Overheard on Fox, so no link yet. But pollster Frank Luntz just said that the government unions’ protest in Wisconsin is “the worst thing they could’ve done.” Luntz also said that even a big number of Democrats oppose these government unions.The Tatler is eager to see some numbers on how the public is viewing Wisconsin.

Overheard earlier on Fox – a reporter at the statehouse in WI tried to interview a protester, only to have the guy yell “Fox lies!” in answer to every single question. It’s difficult to think of a more moronic approach to one’s chance on national TV, to convince a skeptical audience that you’re worth listening to.
It was a very foolish thing for Obama to launch. Consider Rahm's going to have to take on Unions too as Chicago's Mayor. This will end very badly for Democrats.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Michael Yon: General Petraeus: Unfounded rumors

From Yon's site,
Just got this email from Geoff Morrell, Press Secretary for Secretary Robert Gates:

"Despite some sensational speculation by one of the London papers, I can assure you General Petraeus is not quitting as ISAF commander, but nor does he plan to stay in Afghanistan forever. Obviously he will rotate out at some point, but that point has not yet been determined and it will not occur anytime soon. Until then, he will continue to ably lead our coalition forces in Afghanistan."

The dominos are falling

Via Armies of Liberation


Sunday, February 13, 2011

تهران 24 بهمن - اکباتان / Tehran 13 Feb 2011

Via Mir Hossein Mousavi, On the eve of the proposed demonstration by Mousavi and Karroubi to be held on Feb 14, Green people of Iran once again went on their rooftops and chanted “God is great” and “Down with the dictator” to show their support for this call

رسانه شمایید ... You Are The Media ...

You are the Media...I like that.  We are. Via Mir Hoseein Mousavi's facebook page.


در منطقه بویژه قیام آزادیخواهانه مردم تونس و مصر بر علیه حکومت استبدادی در کشور، درخواست صدور مجوز برای دعوت به راهپیمایی مردمی طبق اصل بیست و هفت قانون اساسی در جهت حمایت از قیام مردم این دو کشور مسلمان را در روز دوشنبه ۲۵ بهمن ساعت ۳ بعدازظهر از میدان امام حسین تا میدان آزادی را داریم

با تشکر از حامیان ...رسانه شمایید


Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi in a letter to Interior Ministry of Iran: Hereby, we request permit to call for a rally – as Article 27 of the constitution authorizes – on Monday, Feb 14, 2011, at 3:00PM (local time) from Imam Hossein square to Azadi Square (Tehran) to show solidarity with the popular movements in the region and in particular the freedom-seeking movements of the Tunisian and Egyptian people against their autocratic regimes

Saturday, February 12, 2011

EGYPT: McCotter calls on illegitimate military junta to recognize Parliament Speaker's authority‏

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2011

CONTACT: Michael Bars
Office: 202-225-8171

Official Statement of U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter:

“The change, ordered by President Mubarak, from an autocrat’s rule to a military dictatorship is a dubious step in Egypt's ‘march toward democracy.’ Precedents suggest that this move may well devolve into a return to the anarchy of the 1950's, with the added danger now of an aggressive Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) working off camera for the occasion to usurp power. I call on the illegitimate military junta to respect the Egyptian Constitution; and recognize the Speaker of the Parliament's legitimate authority to lead a peaceful transition to a true constitutional republic.”

To view Representative McCotter’s column published in today’s edition

of The Washington Times, click here.

For media interviews, send requests to Michael.Bars@mail.house.gov

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The Egyptian Army and Obama | The Weekly Standard

The Egyptian Army and Obama | The Weekly Standard

Worry about the Army instead of the MB. Reuel Marc Gerecht with more of some of the best insights from anyone during the past week on Egypt,
President Obama appears to be abandoning the pro-authoritarian, status-quo realism that had defined his administration’s policy toward the Middle East. The June 12, 2009, electoral earthquake in Tehran barely shook the White House (the diplomatic effort to stop the mullahs’ quest for nuclear weapons trumped whatever pro-democracy empathy President Obama may have felt for the Iranian demonstrators). But Tahrir Square may have finally broken the hold that Washington’s authoritarian-tolerant liberal foreign-policy establishment (think the pro-Mubarak emissary Frank Wisner) had on the president. Bill Burns, Middle Eastern dictators’ favorite diplomat at the State Department, may still be number three at Foggy Bottom, but it’s a good guess that he will no longer be making quips about how U.S. foreign policy aims to turn “Putin into our [Russian] Mubarak.” (The idea actually now has a certain appeal.)

Contrary to so much chic leftist chatter, the United States still has an important role to play in Egypt’s democratic transition. We still possess considerable financial leverage on Egypt’s military; we should not hesitate to use it if the army doesn’t immediately end the draconian police-state emergency regulations and soon establish a transitional government whose membership includes prominent nonmilitary men. A transitional government should be open to all—including members of the Muslim Brotherhood—and must have real authority. That government, not the military, should set the calendar for new elections and decide whether Egypt’s current constitution can be revised or is better chucked into the trash bin. (Probably the latter.)

As President Obama may know now, the most difficult time for his administration lies in the months ahead, when the Egyptian Army will test to see how much autocracy (and wealth) it can keep in its hands. There will surely be an enormous temptation in Washington, on both the left and right, to side with the army for a “slow” transition or even a “restrictive democracy,” where the Muslim Brothers are excluded from parliament. Much of Washington, like most in the European Union, wants to support democracy in Egypt, but a democracy that follows the exact same policies as Mubarak’s dictatorship.

Fears of a Muslim Brotherhood Takeover are Overblown | The Weekly Standard

Fears of a Muslim Brotherhood Takeover are Overblown | The Weekly Standard
Instead of concentrating on fear of Islamists, the West ought to focus on the unprecedented shift in attitude among Arabs in addressing their multitude of grievances. For the first time, the Arab people have publicly recognized that their misfortunes are not the fault of outsiders— the West, Israel, colonialism—but the result of the hierarchical and totalitarian Arab methods of governing in which the individual is subservient to the state and to the whims of absolute rulers.
Focus and encourage its spread.

Monopolies Threaten Health Care Cost Controls

Merril Goozner via The Fiscal Times.How do bugs get into Computer Programs? Well, the programmers put them there. Same can be said with this train wreck called Health Care Reform. The Social Engineers in the cab steering this monster off the tracks. Short of Nationalizing the whole Industry (and maybe that's the goal) the reform achieves the opposite of it's goals: high costs and short supply. Great..just great...
Beyond the legal challenges, a major new hurdle is emerging for the health care reform law. Recent studies show that the major players in the health care marketplace – insurers, hospitals and physician practices – are consolidating, which increases the likelihood they will collude on prices charged to employers and to consumers and defeat cost control measures in the law.

Government officials are already grappling with the issue as they move to implement one of the signature cost control elements of reform – the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Conceived as a delivery system alternative to health maintenance organizations, ACOs are supposed to achieve greater coordination of care by linking together physician practices and hospitals, and will be financially rewarded if they improve quality while lowering costs.

The rules for ACOs, which are being written now, won’t go into effect until next year and will only apply to the Medicare market. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is likely to endorse several different payment models, the law calls for sharing savings when the Medicare payments for beneficiaries covered by the ACO fall below recent regional trends.

Top officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are already worried some of the new entities will become a vehicle for recouping Medicare losses. Raising rates in the private market would ultimately undermine any short-term savings achieved by Medicare, since increases in a region’s top line health care tab would eventually force Medicare to raise its own rates.

“There will be parties out there who want to repackage what they do and call it an ACO,” CMS administrator Donald Berwick told a forum at the Brookings Institution earlier this week. “We have to maintain the integrity of markets and not let concentrated entities emerge.”

Sadr's return short-lived after threats from Asaib al Haq - Threat Matrix

Sadr's return short-lived after threats from Asaib al Haq - Threat Matrix

Didn't last long,
Well informed Iraqi sources in the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Qom have revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, who returned to Iran after spending only two weeks in Iraq, left after receiving threats from the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, and due to fears that the arrest warrant, issued against him against the backdrop of the assassination of Shiite cleric Abdul Majid al-Khoei in April 2003, would be enforced.

Informed sources in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf disclosed to Asharq Al-Awsat that "those observing what is happening did not expect al-Sadr to remain in the city of Najaf for long, because of rumours about serious threats being issued against him by the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group. The Asaib Ahl al-Haq group is said to have issued a statement declaring the killing of Moqtada al-Sadr lawful. This statement was then distributed to some residents of Najaf, who subsequently detailed its content to the leader of the Sadrist movement."

The Najaf source also revealed that "sources close to al-Sadr informed him of their fears that governmental parties - in a reference to Nouri al-Maliki - will try to exploit the arrest warrant issued against him by a Najaf investigative judge in late 2003...for al-Khoei's death."

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2011/01/sadrs_return_short-lived_after.php#ixzz1DkkIF3Ad

State antiviolence effort raises eyebrows on West Side

State antiviolence effort raises eyebrows on West Side

This can't be good.
Some community leaders on Chicago’s West Side don’t like the way Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is doling out funds in a $31 million program to combat Chicago-area youth violence.

They wonder why aldermen are involved and why the pastor of Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) is getting the biggest grant in the city’s Austin neighborhood.
[***]
Here’s the thorny part. Instead of putting out an open request for proposals, the state asked individual Chicago aldermen to recommend the lead agencies. Shaw says that saved time and will help get the services out faster.

But an alderman’s role in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood has led to some stark accusations. “It’s business as usual,” says Mary Russell Gardner, who’s running in the 29th Ward aldermanic race. “Award my friends that helped me, and Kibbles ’N Bits for everyone else.

The Rahmbomb | The Weekly Standard

The Rahmbomb | The Weekly Standard

Joseph Epstein's take on our sorry race for Mayor,
Chicago is a city of peasants, or, more precisely, people of peasant background: Poles, Italians, Irish, Greeks, blacks. Peasants, I think it fair to say, don’t get Jews. And the Rahmbomb is an anti-Semite’s dream. He is wealthy, aggressive, he even took ballet lessons, for God’s sake; all the anti-Semitic stereotypes are in place, except for his not being highly cerebral.

Jews, a character in the movie Barney’s Version says, are not more intelligent than anyone else; they are just more wary. Whether Chicago does or doesn’t elect Rahm Emanuel its mayor will, either way, constitute another little chapter in the history of anti-Semitism in America. American universities that once strictly enforced quotas against Jewish students have now all had Jewish presidents, almost all of whom, let it be said, have shown themselves quite as mediocre as their predecessors. Has the time come when the country is also able to support Jewish politicians quite as mediocre as their predecessors? Let us hope so.
I guess that's progress.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Richard Dreyfuss's initiative on Civics

Dana Loesh interviews him at CPAC on it.

AlMasyray AlYoum: McCain slams Mubarak, calls to quit

We should trust the Egyptian people too, via AlMasyray AlYoum
US Senator John McCain has condemned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's "deeply unfortunate and troubling" refusal to step down immediately and urged him to heed his people's calls to quit power.

"President Mubarak's announcement that he will remain in power is deeply unfortunate and troubling," McCain said in a statement shortly after a televised speech by the longtime US ally in which he stopped short of resigning.

"I urge President Mubarak to begin listening to and trusting his people. The stability of Egypt and the wider region increasingly depend on it," said Senator McCain, who has called before for the Egyptian leader to leave power immediately.
Also, Group of Egyptian protesters call on Iranians to revolt against Tehran govt

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Friday, February 04, 2011

An email from Gov Pat Quinn using "governor@illinois.gov "

Is it legal to use a dot gov email address to send me an email like this? Just wondering...
Dear Friends,

This is a call to action. I am writing to ask you to support Senate Bill 3, a debt restructuring plan to pay Illinois' bills.

As you know, for too long, the State of Illinois has failed to pay its bills - 'balancing' its books on the backs of its vendors, health care organizations, and social service agencies.

As a result of our state's failure to pay its bills, organizations around the state are unable to make their payroll, have been forced to layoff employees, and some have even had close their doors entirely.

But there is hope - and we need your help.

Senate Bill 3 is a plan to immediately pay down all the bills that Illinois already owes, and is paid for by revenues from the recent tax increase.

Debt restructuring - similar to consolidating credit cards - is the only way for Illinois to pay its bills and save money today, rather than six months or a year later.

Legislators need to hear from you.

Please call, email or write your State Representative and State Senator today and tell them that Illinois must pay what it owes, and it must pay it now. Ask them to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 3, so vendors, health care organizations and social service agencies can continue providing essential services.

This plan means the difference between our state's essential services functioning - or not.

Please see this fact sheet and visit payourbills.illinois.gov for more information on the restructuring plan and on contacting your legislator. You can use this template to encourage your State Representative and State Senator to support Senate Bill 3 today.

Sincerely,
Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn, Governor

Del Valle links rivals to convicted ex-Streets and San boss - Chicago Sun-Times

Del Valle links rivals to convicted ex-Streets and San boss - Chicago Sun-Times

Doesn't take long for voters in Illinois to forget. No one from Chicago can lecture about Egyptians unready for Democracy.
Citing testimony from the trials of other Daley administration officials, del Valle walked through which political troops were dispatched from City Hall to help Rahm Emanuel get elected to Congress in 2000.

“Rahm Emanuel would have had a difficult time getting elected congressman without the patronage armies helping him,” del Valle said. “HDO worked in the Emanuel campaign for congress in 2000. [Sewer Dept. Official Mary Jo] Falcon testified she orchestrated a show of support for Emanuel at [convicted former Daley Patronage Chief Robert] Sorich’s request. These people demonstrated a show of support for Emanuel, and Emanuel is, of course, supporting the status quo.”

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Michael Totten » Egypt Needs Liberalism

Michael Totten » Egypt Needs Liberalism
All this talk about whether democracy in Egypt will be a good thing or a bad thing just goes to show how misunderstood the word democracy is. Democracy refers not so much to elections but to liberalism in the general sense of the word.
Go read him all, and if your from Illinois, well, we're hardly in a position to judge who's ready for Democracy or not given the way we've driven this State and the City of Chicago. Check Natasha Korecki today:Ex-Streets and Sanitation boss Sanchez gets 2 1/2 years in prison
His codefendant, Aaron Delvalle, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison. The sentence of more than a year means Delvalle can get time off for good behavior.

Delvalle was convicted of lying to a grand jury about the city’s hiring scheme. His testimony came while he was on leave as a Chicago police officer so he could run for city alderman.

“It’s a tragedy a nice young man like you got yourself into this, but here you are,” Gettleman said. “You basically became a soldier in a corrupt army.”
No kidding a corrupt army and it's General off to retirment and we're getting his chosen one next it sure seems.

Michael Totten » Sandmonkey’s Last Post

Michael Totten » Sandmonkey’s Last Post

The final two paragraphs but go read the whole thing.
Now, just in case this isn’t clear: This protest is not one made or sustained by the Muslim Brotherhood, it’s one that had people from all social classes and religious background in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood only showed up on Tuesday, and even then they were not the majority of people there by a long shot. We tolerated them there since we won’t say no to fellow Egyptians who wanted to stand with us, but neither the Muslims Brotherhood not any of the Opposition leaders have the ability to turn out one tenth of the numbers of Protesters that were in Tahrir on Tuesday. This is a revolution without leaders. Three Million individuals choosing hope instead of fear and braving death on hourly basis to keep their dream of freedom alive. Imagine that.

The End is near. I have no illusions about this regime or its leader, and how he will pluck us and hunt us down one by one till we are over and done with and 8 months from now will pay people to stage fake protests urging him not to leave power, and he will stay “because he has to acquiesce to the voice of the people”. This is a losing battle and they have all the weapons, but we will continue fighting until we can’t. I am heading to Tahrir right now with supplies for the hundreds injured, knowing that today the attacks will intensify, because they can’t allow us to stay there come Friday, which is supposed to be the game changer. We are bringing everybody out, and we will refuse to be anything else than peaceful. If you are in Egypt, I am calling on all of you to head down to Tahrir today and Friday. It is imperative to show them that the battle for the soul of Egypt isn’t over and done with. I am calling you to bring your friends, to bring medical supplies, to go and see what Mubarak’s gurantees look like in real life. Egypt needs you. Be Heroes.

Chicago Blizzard - Feb 2, 2011

The view from Logan Square.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Syrian Revolution 2011 الثورة السورية ضد بشار الاسد - A Statement From The Youth Of 4-5th -Feb.

Update: 8 Feb 2011 شكرا لكم لزيارة الصفحة الخاصة بي. إذا كنت في سوريا، شكرا لك على شجاعتك. الرجاء نشر التعليق على أي شيء يمكننا القيام به من جانب الولايات المتحدة لمساعدتك. بارك الله بكم جميعا.

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Rahm Emanuel's idea for a sale-tax swap has merit, but he has failed to explain it. - chicagotribune.com

Rahm Emanuel's idea for a sale-tax swap has merit, but he has failed to explain it. - chicagotribune.com

Everyone's stuck on Carol's crack attack and not hitting the guy who never shows to debates with hard questions. Here's the Trib's editorial on Rahm's LuxTax.